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It was fantastic to see you working SO hard on your character profiles of Toothie and Cat, yesterday - told through their happenchance encounter by the bin. 

You have really grasped the revealing of Toothie's character by Cat - as he susses him out - from the bottom up! (i.e. the right hand side of our template). 

Today, we are going to spend a little bit more time thinking about how to: cleverly link Cat's observations together in such a way as to reveal aspects of his own character and motivations; give our writing a nice flow; whilst keeping our reader captivated (i.e. the left hand side of our template).

 Phew!  Don't know what that was all about.  My internet is SO SLOOOW just now!!!  Sorry for delay!  Have fun!

Ciao, character concocters...


Well, quite a few of you had a really good go yesterday at captivating your reader with an arresting opening paragraph, whist beginning to engage their curiosity further, as you slowly revealed poignant details about our 2 main characters through aspects of their clothing, body language, inner voice and interactions with each other.  Well done! 


Our challenge today is to practise and refine these skills further, by drafting and editing additional paragraphs, designed to increasingly fascinate our reader, keeping them hooked and keen to read on! 

Today's Lesson
All other resources can be downloaded from Tuesday's Lesson.

Hi there, wondrous wordsmiths...

Moving on from yesterday, we are going to dig into our text and our characters a little further, sharing our thoughts from the character profiles and wordbanks we created.  We are also going to review what we know about expanded noun phrases, and complete a little task on that - before moving onto thinking about our next draft and edit.  So, let's get going...

Shmodelled Character Profiles and Wordbank

Expanded Noun Phrases

Template and shmodelled opening and first paragraph


Good morning, discerning readers.


Time to check your understanding of our Key Text, 'Toothie and Cat' by Gene Kemp.  


We are then going to begin to plan our next piece of writing from this text.  We will start by focusing on: character profiles for Toothie and Cat; vocabulary options; and a share/modelled write to help you combine these choices into imaginative and evocative expanded noun phrases, and the verbs and adverbial phrases designed to link the writing together.  

Today's Lesson


Character Profiles for Toothie and Cat

WORD BANK - Toothie and Cat - Character Profile: 'Toothie by Cat' OR 'The Real Meaty Carcass'


Hands up if you were captivated by the story of Toothie and Cat? 


I saw lots of you: noting down character traits; wondering about incidents, and plot; capturing similes and metaphors; exploring vocabulary; sketching ideas; and reflecting on how the author, Gene Kemp, had made you feel.   Well done!


Time to get to know our text in a little more detail.

Today's session:

Reading Comprehension - Toothie and Cat - Part 1

Extension Activity:

Map out the 2nd part of the story - from Cat finding that Toothie 'had gone' on his return to the cave, and 'setting off' for the city.


If you love to draw/sketch, give some thought to how, if you were an illustrator, how you might capture the essence of this 2nd half of the story in your illustrations.




What an irriguous ante meridiem! 


Just perfect for a chilled hour or so reading and getting to know our key text: Toothie and Cat, by Gene Kemp.


So, find a nice, quiet, comfortable spot, put on some quiet music if you like, and curl up for an initial read.  Once you have read through the text once, go back and read through again more slowly, noting down all the points of interest you spot on the lined page opposite to the reading (see further instructions below).  These pages work like your 'ideas book' - it is your space to really poke under the covers of the text and highlight its points of interest for you.  YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE YOUR NOTES, OBSERVATIONS, THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS TOMORROW.  Dictionaries at your side, lose yourself and enjoy!




Good morning, budding authors, writers, poets, journalists, commentators and broadcasters!


I hope it was enjoyable, yet emotional, coming up with an initial draft of your descriptive writing yesterday.  I expect you are as excited as I am, about making those edits and changes, carefully selected to improve the impact this writing will have on your readers.



Shared/modelled writing with selected edits.

So, let's begin by playing my mini lesson on editing your draft, below.  On this PowerPoint, you will hear me describe how I went, very consciously, about editing my draft.

(If for any reason you can't play this, then I have attached a PDF version of it for you to read).

Don't forget to play in 'slideshow' mode from the beginning.

This is how MY edited draft looks now

If for some reason, you can't play the PowerPoint above with my voice on it, you can read the transcript here.

If you do not have a dictionary and thesaurus at home, use an online version to help you.

Welcome, my English set to our first home learning English lesson.  Hope you enjoy!  

Time to find that quiet spot with minimal distractions, where you can sit and focus on your planning and drafting.  We are simply carrying on with our planning and drafting work so far, from our regular daily English Lesson.




English Homework - Due on Wednesday 7th October, 2020.